Charles R. Drew High School

Riverdale, Georgia

  • FIRM

    Perkins+Will

  • CLIENT

    Clayton County Public Schools

  • AREA

    300,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $49,750,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2009

The architect designed this new high school for Clayton County Public Schools to house 1,850 students. The school has a ninth-grade academy with its own administrative offices and its own dining commons. Ninth-graders leave this house only for art, music and physical education. The rest of the building is divided into three smaller learning communities ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,850COST PER SQ FT$165.83FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio can be used as career-focused academies or in support of various magnet programs. Assistant principals and counselors are distributed throughout these learning communities.

The career-tech labs are situated at the front of each learning community along the building’s main circulation spine, thus showcasing a curriculum that in the past had been relegated to back-of-house spaces. Career-tech labs in this building include culinary arts, engineering, health occupations, and law and justice.

Incorporating "good sense" sustainable design, the classrooms face north and south, minimizing heat gain. Large expanses of glass maximize daylighting and ensure that all instructional spaces have natural light.